The title of this book makes a strong statement! This is a broad survey of oil painting, based on a course the author has taught for years at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida. It includes sections on color-mixing, brushstrokes, still life, landscape and portraits. There is even a section on using photographs. The portrait chapter alone is 49 pages. 176 pages total, the book goes right to the point of what you need to know to paint, and each chapter builds on the previous one.